August 14, 2015

Bucs 7-run first bounces Lynn

ST. LOUIS--Lance Lynn (9-7) started for the St. Louis Cardinals in the series finale versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he didn't last long. Two-thirds of the top of the first inning, to be exact.

Lynn gave up seven runs, including a two-run homer off the bat of Pedro Alvarez.

The Pirates doubled the Cardinals score, winning 10-5.

Francisco Liriano (8-6) earned the win for the Pirates.

The Cards would use four relievers to manage the balance of the game after Lynn's early exit. Tyler Lyons would go long, putting five and a third frames of work into the mix. Providing one inning each were Steve Cishek, Jonathan Broxton, and Seth Maness.

Production from the Cardinals offense was good in the four lineup spots: Matt Carpenter, 2-for-4; Randal Grichuk, 1-for-2; Johnny Peralta, 2-for-4; Jason Heyward, 2-for-3. Those first four hitters totaled 7-for-15. Yadier Molina and Kolton Wong added a hit each, giving the Cardinals nine hits on the game, usually enough for a win. In this case, the Cards offense produced five runs.

The win brings the Pirates back within six games of the Cardinals, who remain in first place in the N.L. Central.

The Cardinals begin a three-game series at Busch Stadium versus the Miami Marlins Friday. On Monday, the San Francisco Giants come to St. Louis for a three-game set.